Testimonials


After my treatments for breast cancer, I thought, what do I do now? I went to the meetings at Cancer Services to be with people that had traveled the same road as me. Kim was at one of the meetings and did some yoga with us…I thought…this is what’s next. The fact that Kim was also a survivor and explained how much yoga had helped her emotionally and physically, I went to one of her classes. I also took two of my friends, thinking it would fun to do this together. I am now a “gentle yoga” student, going on two years. We have such a good time. Our class is small and we all know each other. Kim is great; she has to be to put up with me!!!


Shirley Pfaff

“I can’t tell you how much I look forward to my two classes each week at Sunrise Yoga. It’s a great way to exercise your body, mind and spirit in an environment that is safe and nurturing. I love it!”


Larry Schonhofen

Love every Minute

After being very ill and having major surgery 5 months ago, my outlook on life changed. I did not want to continue to do the same boring things day after day. I did not what to wake up one morning with regrets for all the things I didn’t do. I recently read an article that said “busting out of your comfort zone can make you healthier and happier”. Yoga is the first thing I have tried that is out of my comfort zone and I am loving every minute of it. I am not only stretching my body but my mind. Thanks to all the great folks at Sunrise Yoga for a great beginning to the second chapter of my life.


Carol Kesser

Class is Relaxed

Sunrise Yoga studio has the perfect atmosphere for yoga. It is warm and welcoming to new students, providing many introductory classes and workshops. More experienced students can pursue their practice at their own pace, choosing from 3 different levels of advanced classes, frequent workshop and teacher training courses. All of the instructors are well-trained and can adapt poses for individual students’ needs. The studio itself is always clean and well-stocked with props.

The atmosphere in class is relaxed and congenial. We talk and laugh during class, even while concentrating on our poses. Once you’ve become a “regular”, you’ll come to consider your fellow students as friends. I have come to think of them as my “yoga family.” They’ve helped me through some difficult times, sometimes without them knowing it. I look forward to my classes each week, not just for the physical practice, but for getting together with a great group of friends.

Having been a student at Sunrise for 8 years, I have seen the long-term effects of my yoga practice. I have become much more “body-aware”, listening to my body and avoiding injury by backing away from pushing too hard in a pose. Mentally, I have become calmer and less agitated by the small things that used to aggravate me. As I approach menopause, I have remained strong and flexible. A series of yoga poses has gotten me through some of the not-so-good side effects of the hormonal changes that are beginning in my body. And I know that yoga’s physical and mental benefits will also help me get through menopause with grace and patience.”


Liz Redding

Benefited So Much

I have benefited so much from the classes at Sunrise Yoga that if I ever have to move, proximity to a yoga studio will part of my criteria when choosing a new home.


Rebecca Boyd

Being Present in the Moment: I am so glad to hear this phrase in every class I take at Sunrise Yoga Studio. Even after 7 plus years of classes, it is the first thing I should remember, but it is also the first thing I forget! A big “ah-ha” moment for me happened on my way home from class one night. That night we happened to be working on four point staff pose (which I haven’t mastered yet) and I remember thinking “I hate this pose”, I may have even said it out loud. Then I realized I didn’t hate the pose, only the fact that I couldn’t do the full pose! I let that thought ruin any enjoyment or benefits of my practice because I wasn’t present in the moment. It seems strange to make yourself practice being present in the moment, just as you would practice a pose. I have learned that the benefits from practicing both are many! Probably why my weekly class is the fastest 90 minutes of my week!


Holly White

No Better Place

Having studied yoga at Sunrise Yoga in Clemmons for many years, I can truly say that you won’t find a better place in the Triad to begin or advance your yoga practice.

The teachers are experienced, caring and encouraging. The students are friendly and always welcoming to new visitors. If you’ve ever considered yoga and questioned if it might be right for you, this is the perfect place to check it out. A variety of classes are offered – from beginner to advanced.

I recommend trying a class at Sunrise Yoga as soon as you can – you’ll wonder why you waited so long.


Susan Vaughan

Release of Tension

As a public school teacher, I understand the value of making students feel comfortable in class. When students feel comfortable and supported, they push themselves to new levels. As a yoga teacher, Sandra Wells makes students feel comfortable in class. The support she gives goes beyond that of a public school teacher, Sandra literally offers support when students need it—in the form of props or alternate poses. She works as a guide for her class, reminding us to practice ahimsa while we push ourselves to try new poses. But it’s not the new poses or the release of tension I feel when I leave class that keeps me coming back, it’s the feeling of comfort and support—the encouragement of Sandra and the rest of my yoga class family.


Lara Darby

I started yoga classes for the physical benefits. Those benefits have been terrific. Although I am still a novice, I am stronger, more flexible, and my balance and coordination have improved. But there is another benefit that I did not expect; for lack of a better term, I call it focus. I have to pay attention to the poses, to the muscles I am using, to my body’s response to the movements. I have to be “present”. This spills over into the rest of my life. I am paying attention to the moments; I am more centered. Physically, I may never get past level I, but it doesn’t matter. This gift of “focus” surpasses all the physical benefits.


Sally Craven

There are not enough accolades to describe what an impact it has made on my yoga practice and on my life beyond the mat. The teachers and the students have become my extended family. The quality of the teaching surpasses anything I experienced in my “on and off” yoga classes before I came to Sunrise. Valerie is a joy to have as a teacher and friend. I am learning so much more from her than just how to practice a pose. Even though I have to remind myself constantly, I am learning to “be here now, in this moment” both during yoga class and in my everyday life. I am learning to accept where I am “now” in my practice rather than worrying about where I want to be ( even though I do still lament the fact that I can’t yet do a handstand). I am noticing a decrease in the aches and pains I used to have. My flexibility has increased as well as by balance. I take most of my classes from Valerie, but I wouldn’t miss Dave’s Sunday afternoon class and Kim’s Wednesday Yoga Wall Class. I have been addicted to the Wall ever since Valerie had it installed and now we have a weekly class to practice poses with the support of the wall and the straps…great fun!! I have lost count of the number of years I’ve been a yoga student here, but I think this is my fifth year, and as long as I am able to walk, I will be coming to class at Sunrise Yoga.


Nancy Drugan

Most Impressed

A few years ago while training with a local cycling team, one of my coaches suggested trying yoga as a way of increasing my flexibility. It seemed like good advice and soon I showed up at Sunrise Yoga Studio to learn the basics. Several benefits were evident almost immediately: my flexibility improved as did my balance and strength. As I continued to do yoga I noticed other benefits as well. Yoga proved to be calming. In a world of ups and downs and high-speed everything, yoga showed me the value of slowing down and paying attention – it added much-needed calm to my daily life.

Back then, when I started taking classes at Sunrise, I was most impressed by how well equipped the studio was. There were special ‘yoga walls’ that allowed you to clip in bars and slings for all sorts of stretches and inversions. There were other things too: blocks, blankets, mats, even Nerf balls! Today, while I still appreciate the props available at Sunrise, I’m more impressed by the teachers and how knowledgeable they are – they really make the studio a great place. All I can say is that every teacher I’ve worked with at Sunrise has been excellent. They teach effectively, they emphasize safety and they quickly learn the unique needs of each student.

After five years, this is what has kept me returning to Sunrise: teachers who know so much and teach so well.


Toby Gordon

Sunrise Yoga has been so rewarding for me. I love the classes and hate it when I can’t get there. Each teacher is unique and talented in their own way and provide safe, insightful information to the class as we learn and grow together. I must add, I have the “loudest” creaky knees in the room, which has contributed to some humorous moments in Yoga class. I love the calming effect of yoga and learning how to clear my mind and be in the moment. Thank you for your friendly, fun, community atmosphere.


Edie Amerando

Sunrise Yoga Studio has been one of the greatest gifts of my recent move to the western Piedmont. I’ve attended several levels of classes, with different teachers, and they have all been deeply satisfying. I feel, at once, welcomed into a warm and supportive community and challenged to strengthen and refine my practice. The individualized instruction I have received at Sunrise has given me the confidence to move past perceived limitations in a mindful way. I look forward to continuing to deepen my study of yoga, following the guidance of my lovely teachers.


S. Allen

Feel Good

Seven years ago, the MS Society and Sunrise Yoga Studio offered class sessions for MS patients to let us see how we would benefit from yoga. I am still attending these classes and they are truly beneficial for me! Many times, I come into

Many times, I come into class using a cane to assist me with walking. I feel so good after class, however, that I have no need to use it as I leave. The many different stretches and moves we do in class help me move, walk and feel more limber. I ALWAYS feel good after class and I would recommend yoga for anyone!

And as an added bonus, I have made many wonderful friends with the other students and the instructors


Vicki James

Always Feel Better

Kim’s Gentle Yoga class is fantastic. I tried the Gentle Yoga class because of my back issues. Kim has always been very understanding and helpful with all the different poses, and has suggestions for all kinds of problems or issues we have. For two years now, I have been going to this class and always feel better when I leave. I have learned ways to relax and relief stress, which I did not know that I had.


Onnie Pleasant

“The impact Yoga has made in my life is tremendous. After 2.5 years of taking classes at Sunrise, I can’t imagine my life without yoga. I use so much of what I have learned on a daily basis at work, at home…everywhere. I have reduced my stress levels considerably from the practice of yoga and have made many new friends too. Yoga is my ‘be kind to me’ activity and I’m so glad I found it and the wonderful teachers at Sunrise Yoga.”


Katie Kenney

Spring in my Step

Classes at Sunrise Yoga have been all that I hoped they would be and more. As a beginning yogi, I had no experience with which to measure the quality of instruction or facility. From time to time another student who has practiced yoga elsewhere will say to me that they think both the facility and the teachers are the best they have ever known. All the teachers I have had here are likable, well trained and helpful.

I had hoped that Yoga at Sunrise would improve my fitness. After almost two and a half years of classes at Sunrise, I KNOW that my muscles are stronger, my posture has improved some (room for more improvement) as has my balance and also flexibility. I look forward to class and have met a great bunch of folks who are also Sunrise students and teachers.

As I age, Yoga at Sunrise keeps a spring in my step.


Virginia Lawrence

Yoga has been such a great experience for me. My mom forced me to go to one of the free classes during the winter and since then I have been hooked. The staff is so attentive and ensures that each pose is comfortable and does modifications as necessary. I have been to other yoga classes and have never had an experience like Sunrise Yoga. Now that I am pregnant I plan to continue attending yoga classes on a regular basis to stay relaxed and fit. Yoga helps me stay in the moment and not dwell on things that are going on at work. Thank you for everything that you and your staff do every day!


Chelsea Newman

Eager

I am new to yoga and have just finished my second class, but everyone has made me feel so welcome and comfortable. Your studio was recommended to me by two golf friends. They have high praises for how much yoga has helped them in so many ways. I am eager to reap the same benefits!


Judy Darby

I am so grateful for Sunrise Yoga. I really never knew how wonderful I could feel (inside and out) after each class. Yoga at Sunrise, with the expert staff, is the best thing I have ever done for myself.


Deborah Wesley

Total Package

I’ve been practicing Yoga for three years and started coming to Sunrise Yoga about nine months ago. From the beginning, I was impressed by the friendly and welcoming atmosphere at Sunrise. Both students and teachers go out of their way to make new students feel comfortable; I was pleasantly surprised that all the teachers knew my name after my first class with them!

Sunrise offers a wide variety of classes at all levels and classes are offered morning, noon, and night to suit different schedules. Teachers are highly qualified and extremely knowledgeable about many aspects of Yoga, from poses to breathing to anatomy. Studio owner Valerie Kiser’s depth and breadth of understanding is especially impressive and her continued pursuit of knowledge sets a great example for the other teachers.

In addition to Yoga classes, Sunrise offers other activities such as Yoga hikes, a Yoga book club, guest teachers/presentations, special workshops, and comprehensive teacher training. There also are custom Yoga walls in each of the two studio rooms, and a comprehensive supply of props, blankets, and mats.

Sunrise is the total package, recently voted the best Yoga studio in Winston-Salem in the Readers Choice Awards annual survey, and deservedly so.


Melinda Simmons

Learning

Here are a few of the things that I have learned since I “met” Sunrise Yoga:

  • You’re never too old, or too fat, or too stiff, or too __________, to start yoga.
  • You will reap benefits that you never could have imagined.
  • Even if you drop out or go somewhere else, you’ll always want to return to the Sunrise experience.

Elizabeth Sledge

Feel at Peacce

Sunrise Yoga Studio is the best in the Triad! It is a place where you can learn and practice yoga in a warm, friendly, fun, noncompetitive and accepting manner. All of the teachers are extremely skilled and well-trained. Sunrise Yoga Studio offers a variety of classes; such as beginner classes, flow classes, restorative classes, and meditation classes. Sunrise Yoga Studio has yoga walls and if you have never used them, you don’t know what you are missing! If you are interested in exploring yoga in depth, there is the teacher training program. I have been coming here for over 10 years and I love it. It is my home away from home. Whenever I walk through the door, I immediately feel at peace. Give yourself a gift and come to Sunrise Yoga Studio.


Fran Gordon

Feeling Taller

I have really enjoyed gentle yoga. I leave class feeling taller and relaxed. Kim is an excellent teacher!


Chris Kares

Sunrise Yoga is my home away from home. I look forward to each and every class. It gives me a social contact I would otherwise not have. At almost 82, I am as limber as I was at 40. Some of that is genetic but a lot is due to yoga. I am ever grateful to Sunrise Yoga!


Bee Gwynn

At Ease

“This has been a wonderful experience! I came into the ‘Gentle Yoga’ class knowing very little about yoga and Kim immediately put me and my friend at ease. We were enjoying the class so much we were wanting it to last longer. Everyone at the studio is very friendly and helpful. I was really concerned since I had so little knowledge about yoga and I’m now looking forward to this being a part of my mental and physical health


Kathy Phillips

“Yoga at Sunrise – first I must say that the instructors at Sunrise are wonderful. They are talented, caring, dedicated to yoga and very knowledgeable. As I continue to get older each year, I find that yoga provides me with being more flexible, more balanced and peace of mind. I can enter the yoga studio with my mind racing with stress from the day and after a class is over, I am relaxed and more energized. In addition to the yoga classes, I love the yoga wall classes and must say that “hanging” upside down is a favorite and one I look forward to during the class. When I win the lottery, one of the first things I would do is to install a yoga wall in my home and attend a yoga class every day at Sunrise Yoga. If you have not visited Sunrise, do so today – you will not be disappointed.”


Kay Miller